7 Shopping Tips for Buying Quality Restaurant Equipment

One of the most important aspects of running a restaurant is having good quality equipment. When it comes to shopping for that restaurant equipment, there are a variety of brands and suppliers to choose from. Where do you even start? Fast Fix LLC has come up with this list of 7 shopping tips to get you started down the right path to finding good, quality food-service equipment!

1. Know What Equipment You Need.

The first step in shopping for restaurant equipment is deciding what type of equipment you need. Think about what types of food you're going to be serving, what will you be cooking the most of. For fast food style restaurants you're going to need lots of fryers and grill space. If you have a more upscale restaurant you're going to need plenty of range space and prep table room. Once you've created a list, it's important to prioritize the items.

2. Come Up with a Budget.

As with any business, it's important you have a budget. Food-service equipment is a big investment and you can easily end up over spending. Take a look at your list of needed equipment, do some research on average prices for each piece and come up with a rough total budget. Then you need to make sure that budget fits within what your business can afford.

3. Measure Your Available Space.

While a giant oven might be efficient for baking the amount of bread you plan to serve, you need to have room for other equipment as well. Measure the space you have available in your commercial kitchen before you start purchasing any equipment. It's also a good idea to draw up some blue prints of where you think certain pieces of equipment will go. You don't want to buy more equipment than will fit in your kitchen.

4. Research Brand Names.

Cost shouldn't be the only determining factor when it comes to purchasing restaurant equipment. You need to make sure you balance the cost with the quality. Different manufacturers use different materials and technology, which affects reliability, performance and longevity. Do your research on different brands, read reviews and consider talking to other restaurant owners for advice. 

5. Find a Reputable Supplier.

Many of the best restaurant equipment suppliers provide a one-stop shop for all your food-service equipment needs. Experienced and reputable suppliers have extensive product knowledge on the equipment they sell, allowing them to better serve their customers. This tip goes back to doing your research. Ask around about what suppliers other local restaurant owners use and when calling a supplier ask for references or client testimonials. 

6. Understand the Warranty.

With proper maintenance and care, your restaurant equipment should last you a while. However, we all know things can go wrong and it's important that you know what is and what isn't covered by your equipment's warranty. If you are trying to choose between two different brands, the warranty is what could make the decision for you.

7. Inspect the Equipment.

Once the equipment arrives, be sure you inspect it before signing for it. Dents or structural damage are usually the fault of the shipping company, and by signing for it, you're accepting the item. By doing that, it makes it more difficult to return a piece of damaged equipment.

Once you've made your purchases, consider signing up for a Missouri restaurant equipment maintenance agreement. Fast Fix LLC offers these maintenance plans on an individual basis, to help promote the health of your kitchen. Keep your commercial kitchen in tip-top shape by hiring the best restaurant equipment repair company in Missouri and Western Illinois.

Fast Fix LLC. Restaurant Equipment Service & Repair

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Fast Fix LLC. Restaurant Services
9403 County Road 154
Auxvasse, MO 65231

Phone: 573-254-3748
St. Louis Customers: 636-FASTFIX
Website: www.FastFixLLC.com

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